Power to spare! This thing loves to chew through weeds! My litmus test for this machine was how well it started year 2 after being stored all winter. First changed the oil (not too difficult), second added new gas (Octane 93), primed and...like brand new! No problems whatsoever! I do have reservations about design: 1. This shouldn't be available as a curved shaft-its a bit unweildy, straight shaft would help with balance, as its a bit longer. 2. Sling point is in a bad spot. Its not anywhere close to the center of gravity on this machine. 3. Trimmer head is a joke. Eats through the stick type trimmer line like nobody's business and is a pain to change. Needs to be changed to a standard bump-feed. 4. Trimmer shield just isn't big enough, its throws junk everywhere. Over All: Pros: Easy Maintenance Powert To Spare Reliable Universal Attachments Cons: Bad Head Design Bad Sling Point Overall----Buy the Straight Shaft Model! My Plans: Replace head and shaft with a Straight Shaft Bump Feed Head Add Cultivator and Edger Attachments, this unit should handle them with ease.
Bought the 25cc trimmer first but had to many issues with it and after two returns thought I might be better off with the 30cc. Nope same shoddy motor. Unit fouled the spark plug so I cleaned it and it started back up. Next time I went to use it, again no start. Checked plug and cleaned it a little, still no start. Shot in some starter fluid and got it to break lose and it started. Next time I took it out it wouldn't start unless I held the gas on (which the directions tell you not to do) this is the only way I can get it to start. Took it back to Sears and they told me because I didn't buy the extended warranty it was no longer covered. Way to stand behind your products Sears! I will continue to buy hand tools from them but no more power tools.
I have the gas weed eater, its good for about 2 seasons, after that, leakes fuel,same with the mower, after 2 years, its done, mower wont consistantly run, im done with their garbage, they wont be in business much longer.
Starter rope will not turn engine.
Took to two places. Both say I need a new short block.
Less than two years old.
Do not buy any of these
This is a great machine for the price. Easy to start even without the speed start tool. Light weight and easily maneuvers. I would definitely recommend this product.
I bought a Craftsman 40cc Weedwacker about 8 years ago and over a period of time, I also putchased the attachments for it; leaf blower, pole chain saw, hedge trimmer, etc...I have about an acre of grass and bushes with lots of concrete edges and many plantings that need trimming.
When the 40cc engine finally died after many, many hours of faithful duty, I gave it a decent burial and started searching for a replacement that would be compatable with the attachments...I settled on the 30cc newer model and have been very pleased so far with it so far...I also purchased the connector devise that can be used to start this engine, but the pull required without it is so easy, I don't really need it.
All of the attachment fit fine and the unit seems to have plenty of power even though to is 10cc smaller....It is much lighter also.....A very good buy.
The starter on this trimmer is junk. Had it to the shop under warranty 5 times in two years. Sears keeps fixing just until it got out of warranty. Asked for a replacement the first year they refused and keep fixing it. It been in the shop for this problem more than I have been able to use it, because when dropped at the store for repair it takes at least 2-3weeks before getting it back.
I bought this to replace an older straight shaft weed wacker. This new model is easy to start, but the engine is quite heavy and not balanced well. Holding it, especially to edge the grass for long periods causes quite a strain and discomfort.
The heavy duty string sounds like a good idea, but requires one to shut down and use tools to replace.
this is the worst trimmer i have ever owned.. it sucks to start.. broke 3 times before i used one tank of gas... when you pulled the string to start it it broke the piece that turns the motor 3 times...ive owned 3 craftsman trimmers in the last 5 years and i will no longer buy ANYTHING CRAFTSMAN...BUY A STIHL AND SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY
I bought this item after reading some good reviews. The first trimmer I got, started to smoke ALOT and leaked oil after a week of use. I brought it back to SEARS and they replaced it with the same model 30cc 4-cycle. When I got home, unboxed it, poured some oil and fuel and let it run on idle for an hour straight. Replaced the oil with a fresh 30W, put a 91 octane fuel and mixed it with stabil fuel storage and treatment to breake in the motor. This thing is a BEAST. Lots of low end, mid end, and high end power. Smooth power band. Second one is the charm. I have it for 6 months now and still running very strong! Very good quality. This trimmer will last very long with proper maintenance and if you breake in the engine properly. Compare to 2-cycle this thing is very fuel efficient . Just make sure before using it, let it warm up for 5-10 mins before putting load. The reason why I'm giving it five stars eventhough I had a bad luck with the first one, SEARS is nice enough to replace it with a new one and the second one worked pretty good.
Does not restart when warmed up. Starts on #1-then warms up on #2- then stalls on #3 setting even after 5 min.
Power to spare! This thing loves to chew through weeds!
My litmus test for this machine was how well it started year 2 after being stored all winter. First changed the oil (not too difficult), second added new gas (Octane 93), primed and...like brand new! No problems whatsoever!
I do have reservations about design:
1. This shouldn't be available as a curved shaft-its a bit unweildy, straight shaft would help with balance, as its a bit longer.
2. Sling point is in a bad spot. Its not anywhere close to the center of gravity on this machine.
3. Trimmer head is a joke. Eats through the stick type trimmer line like nobody's business and is a pain to change. Needs to be changed to a standard bump-feed.
4. Trimmer shield just isn't big enough, its throws junk everywhere.
Powert To Spare
Bad Head Design
Bad Sling Point
Overall----Buy the Straight Shaft Model!
Replace head and shaft with a Straight Shaft Bump Feed Head
Add Cultivator and Edger Attachments, this unit should handle them with ease.
Nice unit and not having to mix gas and oil is a big plus
We purchased this gas trimmer with the edger attachment because we did not want the hassle of mixing oil and gas. While the unit is slightly heavy, it works great, and the attachments are easy to switch out. This makes it easy to get your yard work done quickly!
This was super-easy to put together. It starts easily every time.
This is my first 4 cycle trimmer. It's easy to get it put together and start trimming. The engine is very powerful and takes a little getting used to since the power curve is different than a 2 cycle. It's nice not having to mix oil and gas.There's a little window for the oil to let you know if your oil level is low. I can easily see why this trimmer has won so many number 1 picks this year.
far superior to the 2-cycle craftsman that I have used for that past 5 years. the ease in starting and lighter weight frame along with the fact that no mixing of oil is involved contributes to facilitate my yardwork
I purchased this gas only weed eater...it is a great product..I bought it because you don't need to hassle with gas/oil mix...just plain gas, makeit very convenient..It's easy to change the line once it wears down..product start right up, easy to assemble..it comes with a quick reference guide. I previously had a craftsman weed eater, that I used for about four years, which led me to purchase this new one.. it is very dependable. You can also reassemble & disassemble it easily and quickly..it fits in the trunk of your car for transport. Overall a very dependable product. I would recommend this product to anyone without hesitation..
After having trouble with the cordless C series battery powered Craftsman edger I opted for a deal on the 4-cycle. The battery ones just don't last enough. I bought two batteries and still one of them would'nt work (ended life in under two years. Sears took care of me on the warranty and I scooped up this one. The 4-cycle is very powerful. It easily lasts multiple edging days without refilling. I would guess 2X longer at least. The no-mix system is simple, the pull start is like any other gas powered engine. A few pulls to choke, then a warm up and run mode. So far so good. The easy change out shaft is a bonus if it ever does break. The only thing to replace will be the shaft. It comes with a 2 year warranty without any other extended warranty deals needed. It costs a bit more than the 2-cycles and cordless ones but its much more powerful. If your looking for a easy to maintain, heavy duty (and a bit heavy, slightly awkward weight distribution/weight) this is good bargain.
easy runing very quite easy starting long lasting line
I like this trimmer no more mixing gas and oil. Also no more pulling the string to start. With the easy start just insert the cordless easy start and let it do the work to get it started.